How to Plan For Moving
Few endeavors strike fear into the hearts of otherwise strong men and women like the task of moving to a new house or, even more frightening, to a home in a new city. There’s much more to relocating than filling out a change of address form at the post office and deciding how you are going to get your furniture, clothes, household items and other valuable belongings from one house to another.
You’ll have to arrange to turn off the utilities at your old home and hook them up at your new place. You might need to switch to a new bank and possibly a new insurance carrier, and you’ll probably have to make some tough decisions concerning which pieces of furniture and appliances are worth moving and which ones you should sell or give away to friends or charitable organizations.
Your to-do list will be longer if there are children in your life. You might have to arrange for daycare, register the kids for school and find out about extracurricular activities such as sports, dancing, gymnastics or music lessons.
Here are some factors to consider as you plan your move:
- You don’t necessarily need to move everything you own;
- Planning ahead will save you time once you arrive at your destination;
- Don’t start packing the night before your move;
- Use the Internet to find out as much as you can about your new location;
- Hope for the best, but don’t be discouraged if everything doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Is Your Furniture Worth Moving?
Relocation can be an expensive proposition, whether you hire a moving company or rent a truck and convince your closest friends to help you load it. If you do business with a professional mover, you’ll pay by the mile and also by how much stuff you choose to move. In fact, you might come out ahead financially by selling your old furniture and replacing it once you are in your new home.
Plan to Succeed
You can reduce some of the pain of moving by getting in touch with the local utility companies at least a few weeks before your move. Find out how much you have to put down as a deposit and schedule a time and date for your utilities to be turned on. It’s possible that your new utility provider will waive the deposit with a letter of credit from your current provider.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
Giving yourself a month or two to pack will save you money and probably also restore a little order to your life. If you have time to think about what to move and what to leave behind, you will most likely discard the things you really don’t need. And if you throw away or give away these items, you won’t have to pay to move them. As with furniture, it might be cheaper to replace the things you don’t take with you once your move is complete.
During the packing process, you’ll need to decide what goes on the moving truck and what you’ll carry with you in your automobile. If it can’t be replaced, it’s probably a good idea to find a place for it in the car.
Do Your Research
If you know little about the city that will be your new home, find out as much as you can before the move. Using Internet tools such as Yahoo Maps and Google Maps, you can find out about restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses near your new home. In addition, you can check out the main streets nearby and determine the best route to reach them. If you are driving to your new location and will need to stop overnight on the way, you’ll also be able to find a hotel.
Ways to Save
Here are some ways to save money on your move.
- If you’ve been paying your utility bills on time, you’ll probably get your deposits back, and you might not have to pay a deposit to hook up the utilities at your new home;
- Hold a moving sale to get rid of the items you have decided not to take with you, including furniture, clothing and anything else that isn’t worth moving;
- If you don’t want to bother with a moving sale, consider letting a local consignment shop sell these items for you;
- If you donate items to charitable organizations, make sure you get receipts. These will be useful when you file your tax return.
Selecting a Realtor
Choosing a Real Estate agent to work with when relocating to a different city is always an important consideration. You will want a Realtor who is familiar with the general area and has good buyer agent skills. In every community there can be variations in the school systems, zoning laws, real estate taxes and other factors they may be of importance.
Some areas have large residential neighborhoods that could be attractive and others not so much. Do you want to be in a town with a large business/commercial base with big box stores and restaurants or would you prefer a more laid back rural environment. These are all the types of things a good Realtor can help you with. Of course an agent that has good negotiation skills could be important as well. If you are relocating into the Metrowest Massachusetts area be sure to check out Maximum Real Estate Exposure.
Hope for the Best
Regardless of how many times you’ve moved, relocating from one home to another never is an easy task. It’s possible that everything will go right and you will make a smooth, seamless transition from one home to another. It’s more likely, however, that there will bumps in the road and that you will have to deal with unforeseen problems and unexpected challenges.
Keep in mind that these issues are not permanent. Before long, your life will return to normal, and you’ll look back on your move as one of life’s great adventures.
This article was a guest posting from Kenneth McCall who is a managing partner for storage.com which provides the online systems to help customers find the best self storage units for their needs. Through Kenneth’s and his team’s work, customers can find Cherry Hill storage units and self storage in other cities. In his spare time, Kenneth likes to hike, ski and participate in other outdoor activities.